AEA N22 Ribbon Microphone
The AEA N22 Ribbon Microphone is a modern near-field and active ribbon mic with a rugged lightweight design, extended top-end clarity, and reduced proximity effect making it perfect for close miking of instruments.
The near-field N22 is a modern ribbon mic that challenges expectations of traditional ribbon technology and can reframe the way you record with ribbons. It delivers clarity and balance in frequency response, even when positioned just inches from the source, and can stand alone in a mix without the need for the blending additional mic signals due to its extended top-end.
AEA N22 Ribbon Microphone Features
- Extended top end with a ribbon’s classic warmth
- Near-field ribbon mic with reduced proximity effect
- Balanced frequency response at 1 to 18 inches from the source
- Compact, lightweight design with rugged durability
- Active electronics and custom transformer optimized for all preamps
- Made in the U.S.A.
AEA N22 Ribbon Microphone Specifications
- Operating Principle: Pressure gradient transducer
- Directional Pattern: Bidirectional
- Frequency Range: 20 Hz to 20 kHz
- Maximum SPL: 141 dB SPL (1% third harmonic > 1 kHz)
- Sensitivity: 6.2 mV/Pa (at 1 kHz, no load)
- Rated Impedance: 92 ohm broadband
- Rated Load Impedance: 1.0 k ohm or greater
- Connector: XLR
- Height: 8.83"
- Width: 1.62"
- Depth: 1.62:
AEA N22 Ribbon Microphone Includes
- N22 Ribbon Microphone
- Storage Case
- Microphone Stand Clip
- Custom Protective Mic Sleeve
- User Manual
What We Think
The AEA N22 Nuvo addresses exactly what home recordists have wanted for years when searching for a ribbon microphone: warm body (without too much woof) and a smooth yet still clear top-end. The AEA N22 may very well be regarded as a revolutionary reinvention of the ribbon microphone - and I feel that would be an appropriate assessment. There's really no feeling of need to equalize this mic or even that crazy feeling of need to buy a specific preamp - though AEA's RPQ and RPQ500 preamps are the perfect mates for this microphone as their clean, clear gain lets all of the mic's sound through without the mic having to work harder as with lower impedance preamps; it simply 'works' as soon as you plug it in. The phantom powered on-board active preamp works to remove a lot of the impedance relationship concerns present with passive ribbon mics. The bottom end is really interesting with the N22 Nuvo. It is full without being out of control. It has the perfect balance of giving the massive size that AEA's ribbons are famous for. But there's no rumble anywhere. It's as if the perfect roll-off is already applied. These low-frequency characteristics combined with the high-frequency extension makes for one of the most musician-friendly microphones I've ever encountered. But it's not a microphone that is limited in it's usefulness or to one particular group. I wouldn't hesitate to use the N22 Nuvo to record any instrument, honestly - especially if you're after bringing up a perfectly balanced lower-mid and mid-range of that instrument without compromising with adding equalization. It's all about balance and your choices of where something is supposed to sit in the mix anyways. So, the N22 Nuvo offers a slam-dunk tool for featuring a particular source without resorting to double mic'ing and the resulting phase issues. It's just a straight-up great sounding microphone that is perfect for singers, guitarists (killer on amps, too!), string players, and pretty much anything. Don't take my word for it. Try it out for yourself. You'll agree that it's the ribbon mic that you've probably been waiting for.
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Just go buy one already!! They bill this as a project studio mic, but its used everyday in my professional studio. The most "real" sounding mic I have heard. No hype, no craziness, just pure sound. Ever have a vocalist with a spiky mid-range? This fixes them. Go......buy.....now.